The Amazon River is a playground. In Mumbai, hotel linens are scrubbed by hand. In rural Vietnam a man prepares breakfast. Fishmongers in Zanzibar await the early morning fishing boats. We play, we eat, we work. Despite our many cultural connections, our eyes gravitate to differences. Native highlights cross-cultural parallels and challenges the notion that cultural identity is unique. The work asks, in light of our similarities, what does it mean to be native?
Yousuf Zafar was born in Pakistan, lived in Saudi Arabia, spent time in Sub-Saharan Africa, and grew up in Warm and Cheerful Centerville, Ohio. Today he lives in Durham, NC. Yousuf’s photography focuses on life in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Southest Asia, Central America, and South America.
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